Brian Hutton, in The Irish Times, reports:

Revenue has apologised to about 1,500 people after wrongly taking hundreds of thousands of euro from their bank accounts over recent days as a result of a “payment processing” error.

Homeowners were unexpectedly hit with their local property tax (LPT) weeks before Christmas, despite having made direct debit arrangements with Revenue for the sums to be deducted next year.

The Irish Times has learned that more than €830,000 was taken from bank accounts in error.”

Property tax wrongly taken from accounts weeks before Christmas (Brian Hutton, The Irish Times)

12 thoughts on “Soz

  1. Onlyfoolsandhorseswork

    I love how revenue describe us as their customers. Having your hand in my pocket under threat of fines / prison does not make me your customer it makes me your victim. I’ve paid over 23K in tax so far this year and its only November. Thats not including VAT on everything I buy. Its truly is Mon, Tues and Wednesday for the Government, Thurs and Fri for myself.

    1. Cian

      Not quite. If you are paying about 33% on income/prsi/usc and another 14% on disposable income in indirect tax (Vat/excise/ect) you’re total tax is about 42%:

      It’s closer to Monday and Tuesday for the Government; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for myself.

      1. Burdock

        No Cian, you are wrong, hardly the first time for that today? There is alot more to taxes than the three you have listed. Maybe you should toddle off to your .gov job and let the grown ups chit chat

  2. Burdock

    No Cian, you are wrong, hardly the first time for that today? There is alot more to taxes than the three you have listed. Maybe you should toddle off to your .gov job and let the grown ups chit chat

  3. Burdock

    No Cian, you are wrong, hardly the first time for that today? There is alot more to taxes than the three you have listed. Maybe you should toddle off to your .gov job and let the grown ups chit chat

  4. SOQ

    In fairness, within IT these things can easily happen.

    I worked for a company some years ago who were migrating their systems which went well until someone realised that while the customers direct debts were applied for, they forgot to put in the decimal point. What was even more scary was that some people had the full amount in their accounts.

    Then, to add insult to injury, the system fired off letters threatening legal action for non payment to all 20k clients. All hell broke loose. A couple of dozen people manning the phones and apologising for a whole two months. I have never used a DD since.

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